Willem Dafoe starring in Beyond: Two Souls
Hollywood is increasingly getting attracted to videogames. So, it isn’t truly surprising to see Willem Dafoe–a veteran, Oscar-nominated actor–making an integral appearance in Beyond: Two Souls. He looks great in it. I’ve been a fan of his work and can’t wait to see how his performance turns out in this game.
What’s more interesting is how the technology to capture motion has changed. They are now simultaneously capturing both body and facial movements. The results are quite brilliant, as far as Beyond‘s videos go. Can’t wait to see the final product! You can see an interview with Dafoe and the motion capture technology I talked about after the jump.
The Walking Dead sells a million copies
The Walking Dead is off to a brilliant start: its first episode has become Telltale’s fastest selling game ever, hitting one million copies in just three weeks after launch. That figure includes PC, Mac, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade sales. It is due out on iOS later this summer.
Four more episodes are still to come, so there’s still time for more sales. The next one is due out sometime next month.
I thought the first episode was most excellent. It focused on human drama, along with some zombies having their brains smashed in for good measure.
Epic Mickey 2 video goes behind the scenes
A new video for Epic Mickey 2 goes behind the scenes of its development. Game director Warren Spector touches upon the world of the Wasteland, and talks about the capabilities of the PS3 and Xbox 360, among other things.
The game is due out this fall on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
Doctor Who: Eternity Clock out next week on PSN
From the EU PlayStation Blog comes word that Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be available on PlayStation Network from May 23. Those interested in a boxed copy can pick it up from stores starting May 25.
The PS Vita version won’t arrive till June 13. When launched, it will allow the two versions to share saves, letting gamers pick up their game for playing on-the-go.
The game follows the Eleventh Doctor and River Song on an adventure independent from the canon of the television show. Both characters will be voiced by their TV counterparts – Matt Smith and Alex Kingston. The usual monsters are expected in the forms of the Daleks, Cybermen, Silence, and more.
It is also going to hit PC later this year.
Tomb Raider reboot delayed to 2013
Through a post on the game’s blog today, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher announced that the brilliant-looking Tomb Raider reboot has been delayed to 2013. He cited the reboot’s new direction as a major factor in the decision to delay the game.
“We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider… the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level you deserve,” he noted. “Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game.”
The game will be on show at E3 next month. It was originally expected on PS3 and Xbox 360 this Fall.
Former BioShock developers Gone Home
The Fullbright Company, composed of former BioShock developers, today unveiled Gone Home, its first game. It is a non-violent first-person exploration and investigation game.
It will have you exploring a modern, residential locale to uncover what happened there. Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor noted that they are pushing towards simulation and interactivity. “[The player will be] that much more invested in discovering the story woven into the environment,” he wrote.
Gone Home is being made using the Unity engine. The first screenshots and a pre-alpha video have been posted on its website. More details are expected later this year.
All Uncharted 2 DLC now free
If you have missed out on Uncharted 2 DLC, then today’s a great day for you: they’re all completely free now.
This includes Drake’s Fortune Multiplayer Pack, the Golden Gun Pack, the Sidekicks Skin Pack, Siege Expansion Pack, and the PlayStation Heroes Skin Pack.
It’s not known at the moment if EU gamers will join in on the fun as well.
The Walking Dead: Episode 1–A New Day (PC) Review
If you’re looking for a cinematic, story-driven experience then this is it. The zombies are secondary to human drama. Rating: 9/10. Buy from Amazon (affiliate link).
Telltale Games delivers, what I believe, is their best game till date. Episode 1 starts off brilliantly with an excellent script, interesting cast of characters with engaging personalities, and a strong sense of dread around every corner. It builds up the anticipation for the next episode, so much so that you’ll be left eager and curious for the next installment which comes out next month.
The Walking Dead: Episode 1 succeeds where most other games fail. It introduces numerous characters over the span of two to three hours. Unlike most games, however, you feel close to them, having understood their struggles, ambitions, hopes, dreams, and the realization of what makes them tick. They become “real” people with fleshed out personalities. Although the game doesn’t break new ground, it stays true to the things that make Robert Kirkman’s comic book series so compelling: human drama in the midst of horror and death.
Read Sherlock Holmes’ testament this September
Get your deerstalker on, because The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is due out on PC and consoles this September. It’s weird to see this game launch in the madness that is the holiday season.
As you can expect, the game will have you solve mysteries as the legendary detective. Here are some screenshots to tide you over till September.
Quick notes: Robin in Arkham, Minecraft gets adventures, no Move/Kinect support in FIFA
Yes, the boy wonder is coming down to Arkham City. First spotted in a blurry image and then in online postings, Robin’s appearance in the upcoming sequel is pretty much confirmed despite the lack of an official announcement. The game is due out this October on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Minecraft creator Notch revealed that the v1.7 update will include “adventures” in a bid to “flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more.” It will also have support for mods. No release date was given.
Finally, EA Sports’ Andrew Wilson stated that there would be no support for either PlayStation Move or Kinect in FIFA 12. He notes that they do not “add value” to the game.